Reforesting the Lost Pines
Bringing the Lost Pines home again
6 years. 2.2 million pines. 2,199 volunteers. Over 400 landowners served.
The 2011 Bastrop County Complex Fire was the most destructive wildfire in Texas history; affecting over 34,000 acres of the Lost Pines region in Bastrop County. An estimated 75 percent of that acreage had private owners. Besides destroying over 1,600 homes and inflicting property damage estimated at $325 million, the fire devastated the native population of Loblolly Pines, leaving many of the affected properties severely burned and unlikely to recover their original pine coverage.
In response to this disaster, the Lost Pines Forest Recovery Campaign was formed by a coalition of organizations to begin the process of reforestation on both public and private lands. TreeFolks is a member of the Lost Pines Forest Recovery Campaign and was asked to lead reforestation efforts on private lands because of its experience organizing volunteers to plant trees in public parks.
The Bastrop County Community Reforestation Program (BCCRP) launched in December 2012, with the mission to promote recovery and reforestation of Bastrop County, it’s communities, and residents affected by the 2011 Bastrop County Complex Fire. BCCRP provides reforestation services to eligible participants through the utilization of volunteers and community-based education and outreach opportunities. These opportunities are focused on planting available native, drought-resistant Loblolly Pine seedlings.
In February of 2017, our volunteers planted the 2 millionth drought tolerant Loblolly Pine Tree in Bastrop. Though six years of recovery have brought beauty and ecological functioning back to Bastrop, the work is not yet complete. By continuing to distribute pines in Bastrop, our hope is to restore the Lost Pines to its former glory so that the residents of Bastrop County can once again live in a forest.
Please note: We are no longer accepting applications for the program.
Bastrop County Residents! TreeFolks has served your community for the past 7 years by planting and giving away Loblolly pine saplings. Thanks to these efforts, and over 2.25 million pine trees later, the forest is recovering beautifully, some of the trees have even started to produce their own cones! We are taking a break this season while we plan for what’s next, so please help us out by filling out this short survey, we want to hear from you!